The other day we stopped at the diner for breakfast. Hurricane Sandy had knocked our power out so the diner was a quick and easy solution to the breakfast challenge.
Being a low carb foodie, I ordered the smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel, but told them to hold the bagel. The meal comes with kalamata olives, capers, red onion and the obligatory dead piece of lettuce. Sometimes they’ll throw in a chunk of tomato that is long past its prime.
When the breakfast came, I got a plate of salmon, dead lettuce, almost dead tomato and a bit of onion. That was it. Huh? Where’s my cream cheese, olive and capers? Those items are what made the dish kick (besides the smoked salmon).
I caught the attention of my waitress and inquired about the missing ingredients. She apologized and went to the kitchen to get the items.
Much to my surprise she returned with the missing items and said, “The chef didn’t give you the cheese, olives and capers because you didn’t want the bagel.” Huh? Did that make any sense? I ordered the dish and asked her to hold the bagel. The last time I ordered the dish and didn’t eat the bagel the waiter told me to order it without the bagel, so I did.
Order the whole dish and only eat what you want. I didn’t want to waste a perfectly good bagel, but in the world of low carb eating, the only perfectly good bagel is a wasted bagel.